The Anaheim Ducks have successfully resigned forward Jakob Silfverberg to a new one year, $850,500 contract.
The 23 year old came over to Anaheim from Ottawa as a result of the Bobby Ryan trade last summer. Silfverberg accumulated 23 points for the Ducks last season.
This is a fantastic signing for the Ducks. Silfverberg has everything any coach could ever ask for. He plays the game with a high degree of intensity, uses his speed effectively and knows how to score goals.
Expert Bargain Hunters
Jakob Silfverberg has struggled with injuries this past season. However, there is no doubt in my mind that this kid can be a 30 goal scorer for the Anaheim Ducks this season. The Ducks management staff have done a wonderful job bringing in secondary scoring options at very little cost.
They brought in veteran forward Dany Heatley earlier this summer for $1.1m. They signed Sami Vatanen to a new two year, $2.5m contract. And now they’ve added Silfverberg to the roster at just under a million dollars.
Based on these contracts, I believe it’s safe to say that the Anaheim Ducks are the expert bargain hunters of the NHL. These are young players full of potential that could have easily asked for $3m or more.
Plus, with all his experience Dany Heatley could have got at least $2.5m in my opinion. However, these guys didn’t go after the big pay cheque and instead are content with trying to do the best they can for this team. As a result, the Ducks now have the perfect mix of experience and youth within their roster.
This is a wonderful opportunity for Silfverberg to show his scoring ability. There are so many line options available to him with his new team. He could be placed on the top line at the beginning of the season with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. Or he could be a solid force on the second line along side Ryan Kesler and Patrick Maroon. Or he could be placed on the third line with Andrew Cogliano and Dany Heatley.
This team has incredible offensive depth that will allow Silfverberg to improve his game no matter where he plays. And with occasional spells on the team’s powerplay and penalty kill units, Silfverberg will certainly not be complaining about a lack of ice time.
I can’t wait to see which line this kid will end up on this season. Looking at the current Ducks roster, I believe this team will easily be challenging to finish first in the Western Conference again this year.